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Folks line up for Hudson Valley film casting call

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Hollywood will soon touch down on the Hudson Valley. Big names are coming to the area to shoot a film, and as our Elaina Athans shows us, there was an open casting call for extras.

MARBLETOWN, N.Y. -- "It is kind of cool. It's like a brush of celebrity the Hudson Valley is getting," said Harriman resident and actor Kevin McDonnell.

Holding umbrellas in one hand and headshots in the other, folks came out Sunday for a shot at a little screen time. There was a casting call for a movie "Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding." It'll be filmed in the area and will star two-time Academy award-winning actress Jane Fonda.

"I am a huge fan of Jane Fonda," said Standfordville resident and theatre coach Darrah Cloud. "It's great."

Fonda will play a hippie grandmother visited in Woodstock by her estranged daughter and grandchildren.

"I think it's great that the Hudson Valley is becoming open and opening up and gaining interest from filmmakers," said Cloud.

People as far away as Albany and Manhattan came out for the chance to be apart of this movie, some waiting up to an hour just for the chance to audition.

"I thought this would be a really great opportunity. You never know who you could meet," said actor Angelina Birney.

While many in the crowd had years of experience behind them, some came out just to see if they had what it takes.

"I'm not really an actor," said Rosendale resident Bill Drucker. "But obviously it'd be nice to see yourself on TV or movies."

Sophia Skiles of Rosendale said, "We live down the street so it was sort of fun to do."

Then there was high school freshman Raine Owens, who has dabbled in acting but really was urged to auditioned by his mom.

"I grew up watching movies, seeing all these people. Characters that I've known all my life and I'm going to be apart of that maybe. You never know," said Owens.

Work will start shortly for the those lucky enough to be cast. Filming is schedule to begin mid-July.

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